Logan Paul has clapped back at those who ridicule wrestling for being “fake,” breaking down how physically challenging his match at WrestleMania 38 really was.
Although Logan Paul has made numerous appearances on WWE television in recent years, it wasn’t until WrestleMania 38 that he wrestled his first match.
At the spectacular, Paul teamed with The MIz to take on Rey and Dominik Mysterio. Despite his inexperience, the YouTube star earned a huge amount of praise for his performance, which impressed fans and those within the industry alike.
Speaking on his Impaulsive podcast, the star reflected on his in-ring debut, taking the opportunity to hit back at those who mock wresting for being “fake.”
“It is electric,” he said about being in the ring. “When there is someone you love in that ring and doing those moves….by the way, I didn’t practice any of those moves.
That surface is hard, it is not bouncy, it is not a trampoline, there is no give. It is plywood, it’s wood. ‘Wrestling is fake.’ Shut the fuck up, I am sore. The left side of my body kills me right now. Those are real slams, they hurt.
In practice even, doing those moves, you’re going to compromise your body ahead of the match. So you can do it on the crash-pad as much as you want, but when I hit the three amigos — Rey had done it earlier in the match, it was a call-back to Eddie Guerrero and his whole shimmy, it was a little disrespectful that I did the move he just did — I had never practiced a suplex like that. I threw my legs up, I’m airborne, on the second one, my head snapped back and I thought for sure, ‘I just got a concussion.’ I’m looking up at the lights, ‘whatever, it’s WrestleMania.’ The adrenaline is crazy, the crowd is going nuts.”
Later on in the podcast, Paul explained that he believes that he and WWE can be good for each other, adding that while he wants to remain humble, he’s fully aware of how good he is.
“I don’t have a WWE fanbase, I think that’s why they like me. I believe part of my value comes in bridging the gap between mainstream and the WWE world. If I do end up getting more involved, I would love to help bridge that gap with WWE. I think there is a way to make a mainstream, viral, cultural phenomenon with WWE.”
“I want to be humble, and I will, but I’m good at this. I realized my whole life, I’ve been throwing my body off of things, I’m flexible, I do these stunts.”
Despite winning the match, The Miz later attacked Logan Paul as their celebrated in the ring. It is currently unclear as to if and when Paul will return to WWE.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.